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September 02, 2022

Airborne 09.02.22: 20th TBM 960, Chinook Grounding, Artemis I

Also: Air France Brawl, Pilot Training Book, B-2 Modernization, Lufthansa 787
Daher's newest version of the TBM family, the TBM 960, has been a popular addition to the fold. The TBM has proven a fast seller at home and abroad. The lucky recipient of aircraft number 20 was Johnie Weems, a South Florida businessman. This plane will be his fourth TBM, no small feat for any model in the competitive business turboprop market. The winning formula, he says, is the single-pilot capability of the Daher aircraft. The Army issued a surprising grounding order earlier this week, halting flight operations for more than 400 Chinook helicopters over an issue that could lead to engine fires. In a statement, Cynthia Smith said the Army encountered an unspecified number of

FAA Approves GAMI Unleaded Avgas STC

Long-Awaited New Unleaded Aviation Fuel (Finally) On the Way!

The FAA has signed a fleet-wide STC approval to allow General Aviation Modification Inc's 100-octane unleaded avgas for use in every general spark-ignition engine and airframe powered by such. The move is a tremendous step towards a future of unleaded aviation gas, with GAMI's (General Aviation Modifications Inc's acronym, not to be confused with industry org GAMA) G100UL now an option for all piston aircraft across the GA fleet. While the FAA approved similar STCs last year, they covered a small range of aircraft.

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Tour Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing Outside Aloha Stadium

Pilot and Passengers Uninjured

Prompted by the in-flight illumination of an annunciator light, the pilot of an Airbus (formerly Eurocopter, formerly Aerospatiale) AS350-B2 helicopter made a precautionary landing in the parking lot of Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium. The maneuver was well executed, and neither the aircraft, the pilot, nor the three passengers aboard the aircraft were damaged. The helicopter is owned and operated by Rainbow Helicopters.

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New Autel Robotics Drones to be Announced at IFA 2022

Berlin Tech Expo Imminent

Autel has announced the imminent introduction of new products and expanded capabilities which the company plans to reveal to the wide world during the upcoming IFA 2022 technology exposition in Berlin. Among the gizmos slated to premier at the five-day (02-06 September) event are Autel’s new EVO II V3 Series drones, a new Live Deck video streaming accessory, and two new smart controllers by which to pilot the updated, upgraded drones. Autel will hold a new product introduction event on 02 September from 16:00-16:30 in Hall 3.2 at booth #110.

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Phoenix to Host FSANA Designated Pilot Examiners Symposium

October Event Seeks to Improve Airman Practical Testing

The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) will host the 2nd Annual Designated Pilot Examiners Symposium on 11 & 12 October in Phoenix, Arizona. The event seeks to bring together designated pilot examiners (DPEs) aspiring DPEs, flight schools, government officials, and other aerospace stakeholders to exchange information conducive to improving the practical testing of airmen.

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uAvionix and U.K. Civil Aviation Authority Partnership Announced

Degrees of Separation

uAvionix has announced its participation in a U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) endorsed, large-scale trial that will assess whether and to what degree ground-based ADS-B obstruction beacons enhance the safety of glider, hang-gliding, paragliding, and model-flying operations within airspace frequented by conventional aircraft. Subject trials will commence in the autumn of 2022 at various sites throughout the United Kingdom under the auspices of the CAA’s Airspace Modernization Strategy (AMS).

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Klyde Morris (08.29.22)

Klyde Has Strong Opinions About Space News Coverage


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Modern Aviation Acquires Sheltair FOK and FRG Operations

Sheltair Employees Retain Jobs

On 01 September 2022 Modern Aviation announced the closure of its acquisitions of the FBO assets and operations at Francis S. Gabreski Airport (FOK) and Republic Airport (FRG) from Sheltair Aviation, the nation’s largest privately-owned aviation network. Modern Air has offered positions to Sheltair employees otherwise apt to have been displaced by the deal.

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Classic Aero-TV: Supporting The K-MAX UAS -- A Massive Unmanned Heavy Lifter

From 2012 (YouTube Version): An Amazing Challenge... To Provide Unmanned Heavy Lift Capability In Combat

The first time we hard about the adaptation of the incredible Kaman K-Max helo to an unmanned role, we weren't sure we believed it... but the recent data coming out of the trials and deployment suggest that this is an idea whose time has come. Lockheed Martin and Kaman joined forces to adapt the K-MAX to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled carg

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Embry-Riddle, IATA Partner for New Graduate Degree Program

ERAU to Offer "Airline Management" Degree for Post-Bacc Students

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has joined hands with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to begin offering a new kind of Master's degree in Airline Management. The new program will fall under the existing Master of Business Administration in Aviation (MBAA) program through its College of Business. The core program will leverage resources from the ERAU worldwide campus with courses taught by Embry faculty and IATA instructors. Overall, the program will see the addition of a new certificate in Airline Management, as well as major-specific courses in revenue management, business models, cost controls, and ancillary revenue.

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NTSB Prelim: Harvey J Brock Tango 2

Examination Of The Rotor System Revealed That One Rotor Blade Was Missing

On July 30, 2022, about 1005 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Tango 2 gyroplane, N8680G, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Melrose, Florida. The flight instructor and pilot under instruction, were fatally injured. The gyroplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. On the day of the accident, the flight instructor and pilot under instruction departed Melrose Landing Airport (FD22), Hawthorne, Florida at an unknown time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.02.22)

Aero Linx: FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) FAAMA is the recognized advocate for aviation leaders within the Federal Aviation Administration.  We advocate for aviation’s leaders to Congress through our well-respected government relations firm, the Normandy Group.  The Normandy Group is comprised of a former Member of Congress and several former senior Congressional staff members with experience in both the House and Senate.  Normandy’s proficiency on FAAMA issues coupled with their knowledge of the decision makers and their view on issues enables Normandy to tailor and communicate FAAMA’s message to resonate on Washington, D.C.  The Normandy Group serves as an ex

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.02.22): Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA)

Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA) The lowest MSL altitude at which an IFR aircraft will be vectored by a radar controller, except as otherwise authorized for radar approaches, departures, and missed approaches. The altitude meets IFR obstacle clearance criteria. It may be lower than the published MEA along an airway or J-route segment. It may be utilized for radar vectoring only upon the controller’s determination that an adequate radar return is being received from the aircraft being controlled. Charts depicting minimum vectoring altitudes are normally available only to the controllers and not to pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.02.22)

“This is a big day for the industry... It means that for a lot of our general aviation communities, and especially for a high fraction on the West Coast, relief is on the way. And it means that our industry will be able to go into the future and prosper, and provide the essential infrastructure for this country for everything from Angel Flights to critical training of our future airline pilots.” Source: GAMI co-founder George Braly, commenting after the FAA has signed a fleet-wide STC approval to allow General Aviation Modification Inc's 100-octane unleaded avgas for use in every general spark-ignition engine and airframe powered by such. 

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